Just a simple rate movement over time of 3% (3.25% discount rate) would reduce the actual value of all inforce US Treasuries by as much as 40% of their market value. Think what would happen if interest rates went even higher? Disaster would loom and trillions of dollars would evaporate if these assets were liquidated. Of course there would be a winner: the US Taxpayer. Treasuries would be replaced with a higher earning interest rate bond, but at a far less value a third of its market value of the original bond.
Your financial planner gets paid even if your account loses value, what a deal! In the past, financial planners, stock brokers and financial advisors used assets under management as a revenue source. It works this way: the client has $500,000 invested with the advisor and even though some of the assets may have been acquired [...]
Having weathered the economic crisis in 2008 with most of their value intact, fixed rate annuities have become the standard for retirement savings. Variable annuities, on the other hand, try to accomplish more than that. Higher Risk investments may generate more income for the annuity holder, but this income can be reduced by the fees charged for maintenance of these accounts. In addition, if the market loses money, your account value decreases with it and fees still are charged on your variable annuity.